Project Detail

The Wexford Apartments
The Wexford Apartments

The location of this public artwork was once part of the Government Print Works site, where lead typesetting was practised and halftone dot-screens were used for image reproduction.

The ink patterns of this artwork are derived from artistic abstraction of historical photographs of early 20th Century Subiaco streets scenes. The patterns were magnified to an extent where the pictures slip from recognisable images into abstracted optical phenomena. 

At night, shadows of the ink patterns are projected on the footpath, and those reversed letters appear “printed” right way around, reflecting the old lead-set type printing method.

In daylight hours, the building interior is bathed in a spectrum of exhilarating colours and shifting sun-projected ink shadow patterns.

Initial inspiration for the choice to work with glass and light derived from knowledge that Subiaco prides itself on the many private homes in the district featuring original heritage stained glass windows.

The artwork title, SPECTRUM, is a dual reference to the ephemeral phenomenon of light mixing into a spectrum of colours within the building by day and out on the street after dark, along with a nod to the historical diversity of the vibrant Subiaco community.

The real medium of this artwork is light, in its many changing ephemeral qualities and unique effects.

Rick Vermey

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Rick Vermey


EAMES & Associates


Cooling Brothers Glass

Perforated Metal Manufacturer:        
Perfmet Engineering

Cartesian Creative Design

Lighting Consultant:                          
Klaasen Lighting Design

Electrical Contractor:                        
Alan Jones Electrical Services

Ron Tan